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NIU reports three new COVID-19 cases, two recoveries on Tuesday

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University announced three new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and two new recoveries as of Tuesday.

The three new cases include two employees and one student, according to university data. The two reported recoveries were both students.

There now have been 588 total positive tests on campus, 61 of which were in employees. There remain 46 active cases on campus, including 10 in employees and 36 in students.

To date, 542 cases have fully recovered, including 491 recovered students and 51 recovered employees.

In surveillance testing results released Monday, nine students tested positive among 699 tests conducted last week, a 1.3% positive rate. For the week of Nov. 16, the previous full week of surveillance testing, there were eight positives in 739 tests, a rate of 1.1%.

The school’s quarantine and isolation use decreased to 3.7%.

The university first welcomed students back to campus Aug. 19, and classes began Aug. 24. Students living on campus were required to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test before moving in.

Post-Thanksgiving break, NIU classes that weren’t already being offered online were transitioned to remote as able, although some courses could remain in person, with the campus and residential halls still open for students. No decision has yet been made on any spring graduations for the Class of 2021.

According to the school, a 14-day quarantine begins after individuals first show signs of COVID-19 symptoms, not when they receive a positive test for the virus. A case is considered recovered after the 14-day period is over.

Although specific surveillance testing results are reported weekly on Mondays, positive tests found through the program are included in daily statistics.

Daily COVID-19 case data from the DeKalb County Health Department may not reflect daily data from NIU because some students or employees may live outside the county and still test positive for the virus.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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